Radio/Television Production & Hosting
Originally from Las Vegas NV, Michaela is a singer/songwriter with extensive experience in the music industry.
Being raised in Las Vegas Nevada exposed her to an lifestyle of 24/7 entertainment. Formal piano lessons laid a foundation for her but left her wanting more. “I would watch my friends and neighbors prepare for gigs on the Vegas strip so I naturally assumed I was supposed to do that too." By the age of 17 she was singing on radio, television and downtown Las Vegas. Her fondest Las Vegas experiences include singing with Henry and Todd Shead (from the headlining group “The Henry Shead Trio”) and Chris Heers (Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year 2016). Influenced by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin to Santana and Prince. “I would sit in front of my record player and spin vinyl for hours, teaching myself to expand my vocal range”.
Opening for “Carman” (Christian music artist) while on tour in Las Vegas, her first band experience was “Gethsemane”, an original Christian rock band. Michaela fell in love with the process of creating, performing and recording original material at PowerHouse Recording Studios in Las Vegas. After recording demos at SonSong & Groove Productions studios in Las Vegas, she landed radio commercials, a performance on WCBI Santa Barbara and was invited to be a contestant on ‘Be A Star’ on TNN, filmed in Nashville, TN.
LIVING IN MISSISSIPPI, she continued to perform both rock and christian contemporary music in the U.S. and overseas, including the Philippines. "Some of my favorite Christian music influences are Jesus Culture, Third Day, Needtobreathe, Bethel, RED, Skillet, Jonny Lang. Several of these artists cross over Christian/secular boundaries, which I'm a big fan of!
Michaela’s DEBUT EP “LIGHT OF THE CITY” was released in 2018. The four-song EP features international touring artist/producer Tony Hooper, Emmy-award winning percussionist Emedin Rivera, Rheakesha Vaughn and Z’Lunte Randle on background vocals. Album artwork by AngieKay Gallery.
RETURNING TO HER ROOTS: Michaela returned to the West Coast in 2018 and joined forces with Ewen Williams to form WE ARE ME, an original music project. Their sound has been referred to as “California Soul”. WE ARE ME is a convergence of extensive music industry experience, working only with the-best-of-the-best, elite team of musicians. WE ARE ME is available in Southern California as an acoustic duo or full band. Check out WE ARE ME on YouTube!
As a member of the Orange County Blues Society, Michaela enjoys belting out the blues with a variety of talented musicians at Blues Jams located in Orange County and Los Angeles CA.
She can also be heard on lead vocals with the cover band, Liquid Groove.
PREVIOUS PROJECTS INCLUDE: “Of Warriors & Poets” with international touring artist, Tony Hooper, Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt, The Swampers, Muscle Shoals Sound), Anthony Morra (Nashville session drummer) Emedin Rivera Sr (Emmy-award-winning percussionist), Paul Tate and Richard Dabbs (The Yallowbushwackers, Thacker Mountain Radio) and Jenny Bain.
Her experience also includes opening for “Shane & Shane” (Christian Recording Artists), lead vocals with the band “Devotion Song” (Christian Rock & Contemporary), performing with the Tupelo Symphony Choir and Mersaidee Soules (Nashville/Country recording Artist) at the Elvis Presley Theatre, Tupelo MS.
BROADCASTING EXPERIENCE: includes both Radio and Television, from concept to finished product. She was the creator, producer and host of Devotion Song Cafe and Open Mic Night on UnityTV. Currently, she is the creator, producer and host of Local Licks Songwriter Sessions. Radio sessions air on Z98.5FM WZLQ and streaming online www.locallicks.net. Live events include Local Licks Songwriter Night at Blue Canoe, Tupelo MS, Songwriters in Concert for “7 Days for the Troops”, Annual GumTree Songwriters Competition, etc.
Local Licks Songwriter Sessions at Blue Canoe Tupelo MS
Malaco Sessions - recorded at the historical Malaco Records Studio Jackson MS
Battle of The Bands Tupelo MS
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